Thursday, 26 August 2004
Three Men In Search Of A Boat
CREDIT: © Terry Smith/Interesting Trekking Scenes
WHERE: Osmotherley, North Yorkshire, England. WHAT: wet weather hiking.
MAP: Osmotherley & North Yorks Moors. Thumbnail pops-up larger image.
Our first redoubtable British walker, Andrew Leaney, headed across the English Channel to explore the French Pyrénées, but our second, Terry Smith, stayed closer to home. We think in the latter case it may have been a beer related issue. Science writers often warn about the pitfalls when making apple/orange comparisons, or in this case perhaps we should say vin et bière pression. Neither is intrinsically better than the other, and both are for enjoyment in their own right.
Similarly there is fine weather walking, and wet weather walking. One might have a marked preference for one over the other, but a fair weather only walker will miss some moments of magic. Perforce we have to admit that fine weather walkers also miss getting wet; but that is their loss, and their lives are thus impoverished.
Terry, and his two amis de joure, visited Osmotherley (mottos: 'Free Beer Tomorrow', and 'Walkers Welcome Without Muddy Boots') for a damp trudge in the North Yorks Moors. See the pictures, and read the ancient legend; wonder if it might not be true. Our own walking days encompassed times like this: on one occasion, along a path named Moses Trod, we had to stop at regular intervals to pour water out of our boots. Yet with our hands on our hearts, we can honestly say that there was never a day we ventured out that we did not receive some reward.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)